1. Morning Fix: Why Springsteen Previewed 'High Hopes' on CBS; Inside Alicia Keys' Troubled Blackberry Partnership; Depeche Mode Dominates Hot Tours

    January 03, 2014 8:45 AM EST Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE WHY BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN CHOSE 'THE GOOD WIFE' AND CBS.COM TO PREVIEW 'HIGH HOPES' (ANALYSIS) For the fifth album in a row, Columbia Records and Bruce Springsteen are turning to tel ...

  2. Rick Ross Sues LMFAO Over 'Everyday I'm Shufflin' Phrase

    January 02, 2014 6:00 PM EST The rapper says the "Party Rock Anthem" lyrics are an illegal "derivative" of his phrase, "Everyday I'm hustlin'," from his 2006 debut single. Shufflin' rhymes with hustlin', and now there's s ...

  3. Rick Ross Sues LMFAO Over 'Shufflin' Line

    January 02, 2014 6:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Shufflin' rhymes with hustlin', and now there's some legal fussin'. Hip-hop superstar Rick Ross, along with Jermaine Jackson, have filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against LMFAO, the Los Angeles-based electronic pop duo of ...

  4. Rick Ross Allowed to Keep Stage Name Under First Amendment

    December 30, 2013 8:33 PM EST 0 0 0 The rapper was challenged in court by drug kingpin "Freeway" Ricky Ross With a First Amendment bullet, hip-hop superstar Rick Ross has shot down a lawsuit from a former drug kingpin who ruled Los Angeles during the 1980s. That drug kingpin ...

  5. 'Freeway' Ricky Ross vs. Rick Ross: First Amendment Protects Hip Hop Persona

    December 30, 2013 12:09 PM EST An appeals court rules that Rick Ross partly based his likeness on a famous drug-dealer, but that he isn't an imposter. With a First Amendment bullet, hip hop superstar Rick Ross has shot down a lawsuit from a former drug kingpin who ruled Lo ...

  6. Rick Ross, Jay Z Team Up For 'The Devil Is A Lie': Listen

    December 19, 2013 2:06 PM EST 0 0 0 Rick Ross and Jay Z team up for the sixth time on Rick Ross latest single, "The Devil Is A Lie." "The Devil Is A Lie" features Ross predictably boasting while Jay Z takes on Illuminati allegations: "Devil want these ni—as to ...

  7. Rick Ross Addresses 'Mastermind' Album Delay

    December 05, 2013 5:11 PM EST 0 0 0 Rick Ross has delayed his "Mastermind" album to "top of 2014." Originally due December 17, the rapper announced the album delay on the remix to his song, "No Games": "'Mastermind' on the way/ Top of 2014. ...

  8. Yo Gotti Talks 'I Am' Album & Epic Records Partnership

    November 18, 2013 1:13 PM EST 'I ain't making decisions based on just checks and money anymore - the situation has to be right.' The title of Yo Gotti's new album, "I Am," due Nov. 19 through a new partnership between his CMG imprint and Epic Reco ...

  9. Morning Fix: 2013 Digital Track Sales Down; Rdio Launches Free Internet Radio; Twitter Unseals IPO; Lorde's 'Royals' Debuts on Social 50

    October 04, 2013 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE 2013 DIGITAL TRACK SALES DOWN 3.4%, ALBUM SALES DROP 6.1% U.S. digital sales continue to be under pressure. In the third quarter, the digital track sales decline accelerated and now the slowdown o ...

  10. 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar Shine At 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards

    September 29, 2013 4:30 PM EDT On Saturday afternoon (Sept 28), the BET Hip-Hop Awards commenced at Atlanta’s Civic Center for another year of cyphers, performances and fashion faux pas. The energy could be felt from the red carpet as stars like Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, this year ...

  11. Jack Johnson Set for No. 1 on Billboard 200, Avicii and Chris Young Aiming For Top 10

    September 20, 2013 9:06 PM EDT Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson is on course for his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, while EDM superstar and recent Billboard cover act Avicii is aiming for a top 10 debut with his first album, "True." Industry sources suggest ...

  12. Rick Ross Talks Reebok Partnership, Jay-Z & 'Self Made 3' Album

    September 17, 2013 6:42 PM EDT Even though Rick Ross lost his deal with Reebok this year, the Miami-based rapper continues to sport and promote the sneaker brand. "I'm still supporting Reebok. I'm still wearing Reebok," he said in an interview last week. &qu ...

  13. Win Rick Ross 'Self Made 3' NYC Concert Tickets

    September 12, 2013 3:24 PM EDT Maybach Music Group is celebrating the release of its "Self Made 3" album with concerts in three different cities in one day: three lucky Juice readers will win a pair of tickets to see Rick Ross live in New York on Tuesday (September 17 ...

  14. The Seed: Rick Ross, Rich Homie Quan, Jennifer Hudson & More New Music

    September 06, 2013 4:15 PM EDT Rich Homie Quan sent waves through the hip-hop world this week with the release of “Another Me.” After his debut single “Type of Way” took off this summer – it breaks into the top 10 of R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay (12-9) this week – comparisons betwee ...

  15. The Seed: Eminem, The Lox, Cam'ron & More New Music

    August 30, 2013 3:00 PM EDT It's been over 10 years since the LOX last graced Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as a unit but this week’s release of "Summers Too Hot" could bring the drought to an end. The street record, primed for Labor Day barbeques, was produced by ...

  16. New Signings: Boy George Signs with Kobalt, Rick Ross to ICM Partners, BMG Chrysalis US Land the Orwells

    August 30, 2013 7:30 AM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, which include label, management, publishing and booking agency deals. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to Mitchell.Pete ...

  17. Rick Ross Signs with ICM Partners for Concert Bookings and More

    August 27, 2013 5:48 PM EDT Rapper Rick Ross has signed with ICM Partners for representation in all areas. Ross’ responsible agents for concerts at ICM are Zach Iser and Caroline Yim. Previously, the rapper’s live bookings were handled in-house by his team. New Signings: ...

  18. Robin Thicke Gets First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200, Five Finger Death Punch at No. 2

    August 07, 2013 11:02 AM EDT Slightly more than 10 years after his debut album was released, Robin Thicke has scored his first No. 1 album. "Blurred Lines," his sixth studio effort, starts atop the Billboard 200 with 177,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Sound ...

  19. Marc Anthony, Rich Gang Aiming for Top 10 on Billboard 200 Chart

    July 26, 2013 7:54 PM EDT As previously reported, Selena Gomez is heading for her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest her new release, "Stars Dance," could sell between 90,000 and 100,000 copies by the end of the t ...

  20. Ace Hood Earns His Biggest Debut, FiNATTiCZ' 'Thun Thun' Explodes

    July 25, 2013 5:03 PM EDT On Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums this week, Ace Hood posts his best debut yet as "Trials and Tribulations" opens at No. 2 with 34,000 copies (according to Nielsen SoundScan). It stands behind Jay Z's second chart-topping week with &quo ...

  21. Rapper J. Cole Apologizes for Autism Lyric

    July 22, 2013 3:52 AM EDT Rapper J. Cole is apologizing to those with autism and their families for an offensive lyric. Cole says in a blog post Sunday that he doesn't agree with the recent trend of pressure rappers have faced to apologize when they step over a percei ...

  22. Chart Juice: Jay Z Nets His Fourth-Largest Sales Week Ever

    July 18, 2013 2:12 PM EDT As expected, Jay Z's latest opus "Magna Carta Holy Grail" debuts at the summit of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Unexpectedly, the set beat industry sales projections, as it arrives with 528,000 sold in its first week, according to Nie ...

  23. Jay-Z, 'Magna Carta Holy Grail': Track-By-Track Review

    July 04, 2013 1:50 PM EDT Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail," which became available thrugh the Samsung app (but also leaked elsewhere) late last night, is a lot to get through on a holiday... and not just if you have a Samsung phone. (Samsung users face ...

  24. Wale Releases Rihanna-Assisted 'Bad' Remix: Listen

    June 03, 2013 3:44 PM EDT The rapper also debuts Maybach Music Group single 'Poor Decisions' featuring Rick Ross and Lupe FIasco. Wale releases the full-version of the Rihanna-assisted remix to "Bad" just three days after teasing 90 seconds of it on Swa ...

  25. Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey & More Surprise At Summer Jam XX

    June 03, 2013 7:55 AM EDT Rap's new class dominates: Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz New York City radio station Hot 97 celebrated its 20th annual Summer Jam concert with young rappers who are dominating the charts, a respected veteran hip-hop group and a slew of ...

  26. Rick Ross, Birdman Release 'The H: The Lost Album Vol. 1' Mixtape

    May 23, 2013 4:31 PM EDT Five years after its initial release date, Birdman and Rick Ross drop their collaborative mixtape, "The H: The Lost Album Vol. 1." The 11-track effort, hosted by DJ Khaled, features guest appearances by Kevin Rudolf, Mack Maine and Gudda ...

  27. French Montana Talks 'Excuse My French' Album & Success

    May 21, 2013 11:13 AM EDT Even among rappers, French Montana's love of money runs deep. Here's a short list of things that come before his bank balance: his family (both parents, now separated, and two younger brothers) and his friend the rapper Max B, who was i ...

  28. How Three Upstarts Derailed Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, And Tyler, the Creator’s Branding Deals: Guest Post by Dan Charnas

    May 10, 2013 12:14 PM EDT Dan Charnas (@dancharnas ) is the author of The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop (Penguin) and Def Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label (Rizzoli). Billboard.biz welcomes responsible commentary -- contact jem. ...

  29. Australia's Hip Hop Supafest Calls Off Tour

    April 18, 2013 11:49 PM EDT The landscape for Australia's hip hop concert-goers has gone from an embarrassment of riches, to a downright dearth. The fourth edition of Supafest, which was meant to star T.I., Ne-Yo and 50 Cent, has pulled the pin on its event just days ...

  30. Reebok Drops Rick Ross Over 'U.O.E.N.O.' Rape Lyrics

    April 11, 2013 5:07 PM EDT After stirring up controversy with lyrics deemed pro-rape, Reebok has decided to end their partnership with Rick Ross. “Reebok holds our partners to a high standard, and we expect them to live up to the values of our brand. Unfortunately, Rick ...

  31. Reebok Drops Rick Ross Over 'U.O.E.N.O.' Rape Lyrics

    April 11, 2013 4:57 PM EDT 'At this time, it is in everyone's best interest for Reebok to end its partnership with Mr. Ross.' - Reebok After stirring up controversy for lyrics deemed pro-rape, Reebok has decided to end their partnership with Rick Ross. “Reebo ...

  32. John Legend Talks 'Love In The Future' Album

    April 11, 2013 12:10 PM EDT "'Love in the Future' has the feel of my first two albums [2004's 'Get Lifted' and 2006's 'Once Again'] but takes that sound forward." - John Legend John Legend doesn’t play around when it comes t ...

  33. Meek Mill Defends Rick Ross' Controversial 'U.O.E.N.O.' Lyrics

    April 09, 2013 4:11 PM EDT Meek Mill comes to Rick Ross' defense when talking about the controversial lyrics Ross spits on Rocko's 'U.O.E.N.O.'  ("Put Molly all in her champagne, she ain't even know it/ I took her home and I enjoyed that, she a ...

  34. Rick Ross Apologizes for Lyrics Deemed Pro-Rape

    April 05, 2013 10:57 AM EDT 'I dont condone rape,' the rapper tweeted. Rick Ross has formally apologized for lyrics some have called pro-rape. Thursday's (April 4) apology — in the form of a tweet — came the same day a women's group, UltraViolet, planne ...

  35. Rick Ross: Petition Demands Reebok Drop Rapper Over Rape Lyrics

    March 29, 2013 12:56 PM EDT Rick Ross’ date-rape-referencing lyrics on rapper Rocko’s song “U.O.E.N.O.” have already sparked online outrage among women’s groups . Now a second wave of petitions is calling for Ross’ endorsement deal with Reebok to be discontinued, in part bec ...

  36. Petition Demands Reebok Drop Rick Ross Over Date-Rape Lyrics

    March 29, 2013 11:56 AM EDT Rick Ross’ date-rape-referencing lyrics on rapper Rocko’s song “U.O.E.N.O.” have already sparked online outrage among women’s groups . Now a second wave of petitions is calling for Ross’ endorsement deal with Reebok to be discontinued, in part b ...

  37. Morning Fix: Joie Manda Leaves Def Jam for Interscope, Rick Ross Under Fire for 'Date Rape' Lyrics, iHeartRadio Returns to Vegas, More

    March 29, 2013 9:43 AM EDT Subscribe to Billboard.biz's free Morning Fix email and other newsletters HERE Joie Manda Resigns as Def Jam President, Moving to Interscope In a surprise announcement, Joie Manda has resigned as President of Def Jam Records to relocate bac ...

  38. Rick Ross Under Fire for Lyrics That Critics Say Condone Date Rape

    March 28, 2013 5:15 PM EDT Rick Ross is facing a growing online firestorm over lyrics that critics say condone date rape. The song in question, “U.O.E.N.O.,” by Atlanta rapper Rocko, features verses from Ross and Future and was released on a mixtape, Gift of Gab 2 , back ...

  39. Rihanna Debuts 'Pour It Up' Remix With Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Juicy J & T.I.: Listen

    March 20, 2013 3:57 PM EDT Rihanna has recruited some of hip-hop's heavy-hitters for the remix to "Pour It Up," including rivals Young Jeezy and Rick Ross. All rappers featured, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Juicy J and T.I., naturally play off the songs partying t ...

  40. Backbeat: Annual Cash Money Party Brings Big Names, Big Plans and Blunt Smoke with Pre-Grammy Revelry

    February 10, 2013 5:43 PM EST Above: Entertainment attorney Vernon Brown (far left, black tie), recent Cash Money signee Aziatix (center), Cash Money CEO Ronald "Slim" Williams (far right, black hat) If there was any question that Young Money Cash Money Billionaire ...

  41. Mystikal to Release 'Original' Album in June

    February 07, 2013 1:06 PM EST Twelve years after releasing his sixth studio album, "Tarantula" (2001), Mystikal is back in the studio recording. The rapper is currently working on his forthcoming album, "Original," expected to debut in June. "The sound ...

  42. Fabolous Talks 'Loso's Way 2' Collabos, N.Y. Hip-Hop & Music's 'Ratchet Era'

    January 29, 2013 5:15 PM EST Since Fabolous' 2009’s "Loso’s Way," the rapper has fed the streets with a steady stream of free mixtapes, underground DVDs and mixshow staples, including last year's hometown anthem “So N.Y.” All the while, Fabolous has studi ...

  43. Rick Ross Crashes Car Amid Hail of Bullets

    January 28, 2013 1:14 PM EST Rick Ross' car was the target of a barrage of bullets Monday morning in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., causing the rapper to crash his Rolls-Royce into an apartment building while trying to flee, police told the Miami Herald . Neither Ross or his pas ...

  44. Rockie Fresh's 'Electric Highway': Exclusive Album Preview

    January 18, 2013 1:10 PM EST 0 0 0 Rockie Fresh's mindset has changed since signing to Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group label on July 2012. "It's more so to motivate people. If they're listening to me they probably have dreams and goals they want to reach too,& ...

  45. Trinidad James: 'I Don't Think I've Made It'

    January 08, 2013 1:10 PM EST 0 0 0 Read what's in store for the 25-year-old hip-hop phenom. Trinidad James is the proverbial hip-hop overnight success story. In a matter of months, the 25-year-old neophyte went from slinging streetwear at a boutique in his hometown of Atlanta to ...

  46. Rick Ross Reveals Album Title

    January 07, 2013 3:30 PM EST 0 0 0 In true Bawse fashion, Rick Ross debuts a video to reveal the title of his sixth studio album. His forthcoming album, to debut this year, is titled "Mastermind." The short clip features Ross spending quality time with a lovely lady in his ...

  47. A Blue Ivy Birthday Card, from Billboard.com

    January 07, 2013 12:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Happy 1st birthday, Blue Ivy! Here's a look back at your joyous year. As Beyoncé and Jay-Z's daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, celebrates her 1st birthday on Monday (Jan. 7), we take a moment to look back at her first year . Dear Blue Ivy, It ...

  48. New Year Tweets: 13 Celebs Wish You a Happy 2013

    January 01, 2013 10:15 AM EST 0 0 0 Katy Perry, One Direction, Rick Ross, No Doubt, Taylor Swift and more tweeted their Happy New Year thoughts. 2013 came in with a flurry on Twitter via musicians like Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, Rick Ross, No Doubt and PSY, who all found ways -- in ...

  49. Jay-Z, Coldplay Ring In 2013 With Epic Brooklyn Show

    January 01, 2013 7:40 AM EST 1 0 0 Jay-Z took the stage at Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Barclays Center at 11:59pm on New Year's Eve Monday night and rang in 2013 with Coldplay's Chris Martin singing along to "Auld Lang Syne." The singer and the rapper hugged, and then t ...

  50. Wale Releases 'Folarin' Mixtape, Talks Upcoming Go-Go Album

    December 26, 2012 2:35 PM EST 0 0 0 A year after releasing his sophomore album, "Ambition," Wale drops his mixtape, " Folarin ," on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24). The 21-track mixtape, hosted by DJ Clark Kent, features guest appearances by Rick Ross , 2 Chainz , newly si ...

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